2009 Pioneer Natural Resources USA, Inc., et al. v. Diamond Offshore Company., et al
In the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles III presiding. Dobrowski LLP successfully defended Diamond Offshore Company and Diamond Offshore, one of the largest offshore drilling contractors in the world. Six owners and operators of the Canyon Express Pipeline System, a sub-sea pipeline system in the Gulf of Mexico, brought claims alleging damages related to a pipeline rupture. Plaintiffs alleged that Diamond’s semi-submersible rig, the Ocean America, which was cast adrift during Hurricane Ivan, dragged a mooring line across the plaintiffs’ pipeline, causing over $100 million in pipeline repair costs and lost profits. After a 2-week bench trial, Mag. Knowles issued a 46-page opinion rejecting plaintiffs’ claims.